President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated his instruction to the Cabinet members to accelerate government spending to restore the national economy, asking them to prioritize spending on domestic products in the third quarter of 2020.“We should put the brakes on spending overseas. Buy, shop and get our own products, so it can trigger the economy and spur our growth,” the President said in a limited Cabinet meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday.Jokowi said as an example that the Defense Ministry should prioritize spending in state-owned companies such as aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia, weapons manufacturer Pindad and shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia.He said Indonesia was now able to produce much of the medical equipment needed to handle COVID-19 domestically, including medical substances, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits, rapid test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE).Read also: Work faster, think smarter, Jokowi tells Cabinet“Don’t spend anything outside, let alone masks, which we produce a lot of. We produce 17 million units of PPE per month, compared to 4 to 5 million units that we actually use,” Jokowi said.The President hoped his Cabinet could accelerate state spending with simpler procedures, especially those with big budgets, such as the Defense Ministry, the Social Affairs Ministry and the National Police.“I am now monitoring ministries’ spending on a daily basis — by what percentage it increases. The third quarter is key. Once it can leverage the growth, the fourth quarter will be easier and next year will also be easier,” he said.Closing his instruction, the President reminded his Cabinet to work above and beyond to meet the needs of the wider community, stressing that distribution of stimulus packages must be accelerated.“Don’t assume that we are in a mediocre situation. I see that social assistance has been good, but economic stimulus to both small-to-medium and big businesses and that in the health sector need to be improved,” he said.Topics :
* Caloocan City – P18.381billion The 10 richestmunicipalities: * Caluya, Antique – P2.161billion * Carmona, Cavite – P1.969billion * Pasay City – P18.278billion Here are the 10 richestprovinces in the Philippines, according to COA: * Tanay, Rizal – P2.014billion * Compostela Valley – P19.615 billion * Iloilo – P11.442 billion * Palawan – P11.277 billion * Makati City – P230.833billion ILOILO City – Iloilo andNegros Occidental were among the 10 richest provinces in the country, the 2018annual financial report on local government units (LGUs) of the Commission onAudit (COA) showed. * Bukidnon – P15.278 billion * Cebu City – P33.884billion Negros Occidental, on theother hand, ranked No. 6 with assets reaching P14.446 billion – over P2 billionhigher from its 2017 assets of P12.889 billion. * Pasig City – P38.985billion * Rizal – P18.076 billion * Davao City – P16.259billion * Laguna – P11.587 billion * Batangas – P18.186 billion “Iloilo also receivedgrants from the national government through the Philippine Rural DevelopmentProject (PRDP) and Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) forinfrastructures projects such as roads and bridges,” said Umadhay. * Calamba City – P12.606billion * Cebu – P35.659 billion * Calaca, Batangas –P1.876 billion./PN * Taguig City – P24.536 billion * Zambales – P11.241 billion * Quezon City – P87.285billion The provincial governmentalso earned from the auction of some of its disposable properties, Umadhayadded. * Mariveles, Bataan –P3.016 billion The 10 richest LGUs: Contributing to theincrease in Iloilo’s assets were the revenues raked in by the provincialgovernment’s local enterprises such as district hospitals and the stepped upcollection of real property taxes, according to Jean Marie Umadhay, head of theProvincial Treasurer’s Office. * Negros Occidental – P14.446 billion * Sual, Pangasinan –P2.805 billion * Sto. Tomas, Batangas –P2.566 billion * Binangonan, Rizal –P2.218 billion * Silang, Cavite – P1.9billion * Cainta, Rizal – P4.437billion With asset reachingP11.442 billion, Iloilo ranked No. 8 – up by some P1 billion from its 2017’sP10.045 billion assets. Assets that COA referredto covered cash, buildings and infrastructures among others owned by theprovincial government. * Manila – P40.711 billion
Quite possibly no one is more excited than Ron Baechle.When you go to your first Blues game you encounter the usual: pregame videos to pump up the crowd, games played on the Jumbotron, goal songs and celebrity sightings — in St. Louis, that means the likes of Jon Hamm, Jenna Fischer and Nelly. All those traditions span across the other 30 NHL arenas, but there’s one that’s very specific to St. Louis. You see, Baechle is “The Towel Man,” and after every Blues goal, under a spotlight, he leads 19,000 fans in counting how many goals the Blues have scored and then throws a towel to the crowd below. MORE: Jim and Pam from ‘The Office’ a house divided over Bruins vs. Blues”Twenty-nine years ago when we went to Peoria [Illinois] to watch the Rivermen, which was the farm team associated with the Blues,” Baechle told Sporting News while standing under the Al MacInnis statue outside Enterprise Center, “a gentleman by the name of Pete Martin would stand up and wave a towel, and it was neat and then after four, five, six and you’ve seen 10,000 people counting these goals, it was like, this is pretty cool.buddy and I had seats in towel man’s section at the blues game last night! 🏒🏒 pic.twitter.com/pUmHvX1ZWD— Rob Woke Up And Its 2019 (@STLHometownHero) March 12, 2017″So we brought it back. We talked about it. I walked around the section I was in and talked to about a dozen people, and said, ‘They do this in Peoria, we’re going to try and start it here.’ So we started doing it.”I had partial season tickets so it took about three years for it to catch on. You could see it build from section to section to section because there was no Jumbotron; you had to just see what was going on beside you. So the third year it completely made it all the way around the arena and it just started to become something fun and a tradition.”Towel Man is a Blues tradition. At Game 4, little kids shyly asked for his autograph, adult fans went up to him to take a picture with him.”I remember as a kid the Towel Man before he was official,” Dr. Naomi Copeland — who traveled down from Chicago to attend the game with her father — said after taking a picture with him for the first time. “This guy up in the nosebleed section coming out after every goal with his towel shouting how many [goals] we had, then throwing his towel with enthusiasm.”He’s now officially a part of Blues history and Blues fandom.” As you walked closer to the arena, you could begin to hear the chanting — “Let’s Go Blues” and “We want the Cup.”The fans went home happy that night after watching their Blues secure the franchise’s first home win in a Cup Final. Now, after a 2-1 victory in Game 5 over the Bruins in Boston, a city that has been waiting 52 years for a championship may just get its wish.How to watch Bruins vs. Blues Game 6″The Cup will be in the building. It’s the closest my team has ever come,” fan Brad Lee noted via text message Friday. “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and this time it doesn’t feel like an oncoming freight train. I’m optimistic, which is a weird feeling as a Blues fan.”I’ve been a fan for 30 years. I’ve often joked I have always loved the team and it hasn’t always loved me back. It feels different this time. It feels like this is it. And then we will all cry.”The Game 6 edition of our fan-run program is in work. You could call it a can’t miss. Hard copies will be available all afternoon Sunday, but you can get the PDF Saturday afternoon anywhere in the world for $4. Email gtbradlee at gmail for details. pic.twitter.com/PD5BBO9bSs— What’s Chowdah? (@StLouisGameTime) June 7, 2019A victory by the longest-tenured team that has never won the Stanley Cup would register well beyond the borders of Missouri. St. Louis Game Time, a 24-page fan-run paper that has been sold outside Enterprise Arena for almost 20 years, has readers across the globe — in Seattle, Miami, Afghanistan and Japan. For Lee, who has served as the publisher since 2013, this moment is one that seemed impossible just six months ago.MORE: The Blues are in the Stanley Cup Final and we’re just as surprised as you”There was a very rough stretch, it basically stretched from December into February because, you know, a lot of people didn’t know if it was real or not,” Lee said at the Game Time tailgate prior to Game 4. “There was a tweet we sent out the first week of January and it was, basically, we were watching the postgame show with (Blues Hall of Famer) Bernie Federko on Fox Sports Midwest and he said, ‘You know what? Maybe this win means they’re turning the corner.'”I quoted him and said, ‘I can’t believe they say they’re turning the corner.’ And people were responding that when they won the Western Conference, like, ‘Oh, that aged well,’ and I was like, it was January. How much has happened between January and now? A lot.”By the by, this is from January 3rd. That’s not the mythical Philly game. It’s a 5-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Caps. So if we’re looking for a monkey’s paw…— What’s Chowdah? (@StLouisGameTime) May 18, 2019It is a pretty good story. As everyone has heard by now, the Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo in November, hired Craig Berube, still struggled and were dead last in the NHL on Jan. 3. Then, as Federko said, they turned the corner, winning 11 consecutive games. They finished third in the Central Division and defeated the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks in the West playoffs on their road to the Stanley Cup Final.”I moved here in 1973. I’ve been a season ticket holder since ’74,” Dr. Garry Vickar told Sporting News outside the arena on Monday. “I grew up in Canada, in Saskatchewan, dreaming about being at an NHL game. To me, being at an NHL game was at first a dream. Now, a Stanley Cup … tremendously exciting.” (Jackie Spiegel) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/86/78/towel-man-fan-blues-060819-jackie-spiegel-ftrjpeg_1ntspwx6fy8wp17eep3jufyj7k.jpeg?t=956049915&w=500&quality=80 Blues fandom runs deep. It stretches generations and across the globe. Fans came from Israel, Chicago and even Boston.”I’ve been going to hockey games with my dad since I was a little kid and when we saw that this was happening, first of all, this is once in a lifetime,” said Kari Ceicys, who flew in from the Bruins’ hometown for Game 3. “First time in 49 years, last time was against the Bruins with the big old Bobby Orr, so I wanted to be a part of that magic and really wanted to get behind the team, the boys in blue. When we found that this was going to happen we were going, we were going. There was no other options about it.”The Enterprise Center has definitely been rocking. These fans have been waiting for this moment since the city was granted an expansion franchise to begin play in the 1967-68 season. ST. LOUIS — It wasn’t even 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3, and Market Street, one of the roads that run parallel to Enterprise Center, was packed.There may have been two hours until puck drop for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, but Blues fans were out in full force. There were Tarasenkos and Twists, Hulls and a lot of MacInnises; fans with hair painted blue standing in front of a statue of Pierre Laclede, the founder of St. Louis, sporting a Blues jersey. (Getty Image) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bc/93/st-louis-blues-fans-060819-getty-ftrjpeg_42xt20plcm2m1n1z0pyeemnla.jpg?t=958206771&w=500&quality=80 MORE: SN Q&A with former Blues enforcer Cam Janssen”The fact that we’re in a Stanley Cup, I mean this is the pinnacle,” Towel Man said with a smile. “Such a great story, this team, this year that we need to finish the book. . . . When the NFL, unjustifiably so, took a football team away from us [when the Rams moved back to Los Angeles in 2016], it was so nice to see the baseball team coordinate with the hockey team and become, if we’re not hockey we’re baseball. . . . They’ve got a great model to come after [since the Cardinals won a World Series in 2011].”But a Stanley Cup would just mean so much, so much to this city.”
“It’s the All-Star team, not the All-Three-Month-Sample-Size team!” Or this classic: “The fans didn’t pay good money to see guys they’ve never heard of!”Sorry. I don’t buy it. The All-Star Game is a celebration of the best in the sport, sure, but it’s also a reflection of the current season. I want to see the Jack Armstrongs of the baseball world step onto the biggest and brightest midseason stage for a chance to shine. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNArmstrong, you might remember, was a 25-year-old Reds right-hander who came out of nowhere — he owned a career 5.33 ERA in 23 games (21 starts) over two years heading into 1990 — and bulldozed his way through the National League in the first half of the season. When he took the mound at Wrigley Field and threw the first pitch that night, Armstrong owned an 11-3 record, a 2.28 ERA and 1.099 WHIP for Cincinnati. Remember, at the time those were the statistics that mattered; we didn’t have WAR or FIP or any of the other wonderful evaluation tools/stats available now. Armstrong got the starting nod over more established veterans having good seasons, guys like Frank Viola (the 1988 AL Cy Young winner who had a 13-3 record with a 2.20 ERA for the Mets) or Dennis Martinez (who had a 2.84 ERA for the Expos).It was Armstrong’s first All-Star nod, and turns out, his only All-Star nod. He quickly became the poster boy for the “Superstars only!” crowd, largely because his career took a dive. After throwing two shutout innings against the AL, he had a 5.96 ERA in the second half of the 1990 season — though he did throw three shutout innings in Game 2 of Cincinnati’s stunning World Series sweep of the mighty A’s — and a 5.48 ERA in 1991 before he was traded. He had a 4.54 ERA over the next three years, for Cleveland, Florida and Texas and tossed his final MLB pitch just 41 days after his 29th birthday. Armstrong’s first any only All-Star appearance looks like a fluke in retrospect.MLB All-Star rosters | Futures Game roster | Celebrity softball game rosterBut you know what other players made their first All-Star appearance that year? Hall of Fame talents Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Roberto Alomar and Barry Bonds, and other multiple-time All-Stars, including Sandy Alomar Jr. (six All-Star games), Matt Williams (five), Dennis Martinez (four), Randy Myers (four), Cecil Fielder (three), Lenny Dykstra (three), Rob Dibble (two) and Ellis Burks (two). Those players all had better careers than Armstrong, no doubt. But that doesn’t mean they deserved to be in Chicago more than Armstrong on that July day in 1990.I love that Armstrong was in that group. Sure, it was good fortune on his part that the best three-month stretch of his career just happened to line up in a way that put him in position to have the honor of starting the All-Star Game for the National League. But why is that a bad thing? I love that the All-Star Game gives any player — the stars and the unknowns — a chance to step onto a big stage. That’s a good thing. Yes, it’s great when the game celebrates the superstars, but the game will always have superstars. Superstars produce great numbers on a regular basis, and they deserve to be at the Midsummer Classic. That’s why they’re superstars. But they don’t get a free pass into the contest. RIVERA: Reds, Padres highlight the best of the meh-st in first halfLet’s look at one current example. Jose Altuve is one of the very best players in the sport, of course, and if I’m starting a hypothetical franchise and picking a second baseman to put on my roster, he’d probably be my very first choice. But if I’m looking at the three finalists for a starting spot at second base for the 2019 AL All-Star team, he’s third behind Tommy La Stella (zero ASG) and DJ LeMahieu (two). I realize that I’m probably in the minority here, but I love that Jack Armstrong started the 1990 All-Star Game for the National League. Why bring up a random starting pitcher from an exhibition game nearly three decades ago? Because we’re getting close to the time All-Star rosters are announced, and you’re about to hear the same grumbling we hear every year about the composition of those rosters. La Stella and LeMahieu are having superior seasons, in part because Altuve’s spent time on the injured list and has only 196 plate appearances. LeMahieu has a 3.2 fWAR and La Stella’s at 2.1, with Altuve back at 0.8. The All-Star Game will survive without Altuve for one season, and in La Stella’s case, a trip to Cleveland for his very first All-Star appearance will provide a career highlight he’ll never forget. Give me Ketel Marte over Mike Moustakas at NL second base, or Jorge Polanco over Carlos Correa at AL shortstop, or Joey Gallo over Aaron Judge in the AL outfield. Give me celebrations of players having breakthrough seasons. Let’s celebrate the best of the 2019 season at the 2019 All-Star Game.